My girls did finger painting for the first time last week. Yes, they have baked cakes, cookies, cupcakes, tarts; made arts and crafts using Play-Doh; built houses, castles, towers, cars and busses out of Lego; doodled on papers, wall, door, window, table, bedsheets and almost everywhere in the house; but they had never actually paint! (Well, Ayra did some painting once – last year, and that was it).
I have to admit, I wasn’t keen on the idea of getting paint all over the house and especially on the girls, which is why I’ve been dreading the painting activity *yikes*. And partly because I was afraid Raina would eat the paint (that girl would put just about anything in her mouth – dry leaves, twigs, bubbles, crayon, tissue) so I thought of waiting until Raina is a weebit older. 2+ years should be old enough, no?
My girls were not quite sure what to do with the paints at first. They were like, where’s the brush, mama? Are you sure you’re gonna let us dip our fingers in the paints?
You know, kids being messy is not so bad after all. It’s actually amusing to watch them. Like this lil kiddo over here. At first she only used one hand. And then the other. And then she accidentally dipped her knees in the paint while trying to dip her hands in the other color. It was hilarious and silly! I enjoyed watching them enjoying themselves!
Of course by the time they finished, the paints were all over the floor. But they managed to keep their faces, mouths and the wall paint-free so… phew!
Then last weekend, I found this painting kit at ELC Mothercare in KLCC. It’s a tub filled with everything your kids need to do painting, like brushes, paints, sponges, roller, etc. All for RM85. I think it’s perfect!
They painted for a while on the splash mat, but I could see how difficult it was to paint on the floor, especially for Raina. She had to get up every time she wanted to get the paint and would knock on the paint bottles and accidentally stepped on her own painting. Plus, it’s no fun painting on a small piece of paper. They need something BIG to paint on, and preferably while standing so that they’re free to move around.
My husband suggested the bathroom wall. Bathroom wall! How brilliant is that? It’s big enough for them to paint on and I don’t have to worry about spills and mess!
And so I brought the girls and the painting equipments to the bathroom. We have 3 bathrooms upstairs and only use 2, so the other one is always clean and dry because we almost never use it. Well, at least now it’s being put to good use.
In case you’re wondering, those ‘aprons’ that my girls are wearing are actually sleeved bibs I got from Toys R Us. They’re waterproof and cover half of the body so I thought it would make a great apron for messy artsy activities.
My girls spent almost an hour painting. They sure had fun! Our bathroom has never looked so lively and colorful, I almost wanted to leave it that way (but I can’t because there will be more painting activities after this).